Sunday 25 February 2018

'We must act to save humanity' - Attenborough

All not yet lost: Naturalist David Attenborough
All not yet lost: Naturalist David Attenborough

Joe Nerssessian

David Attenborough has urged people to take action to save the "future of humanity" as he opened up about the heartrending 'Blue Planet II' scene in which a baby albatross was killed by a toothpick, mistaken for food by its mother.

The television presenter spoke of the threats Earth is facing, including the eight million tonnes of plastic dumped into the sea each year, global warming and the rate of overfishing, in a column in the 'Radio Times'.

There are concerns that more than a million birds and 100,000 sea mammals and turtles die every year from eating and getting tangled in plastic waste.

Attenborough (91) said he hoped US President Donald Trump would reconsider his threat to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

He wrote that "never before have we been so aware of what we are doing to our planet - and never before have we had such power to do something about it".

"Surely we have a responsibility to care for the planet on which we live? The future of humanity, and indeed of all life on Earth, now depends on us doing so," he said.

The naturalist said "all is not yet lost" and urged people to "reduce the amount of plastic that we use in our everyday lives".

Irish Independent

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